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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Joins The White House’s UpSkill America Program »

April 27, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Expands and Enhances Its Associate Development Program to Further Elevate Employees’ Skills and Earning Potential
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) has a rich history of identifying talented entry-level associates and cultivating their skills into increasingly challenging positions. At Starwood there are many examples of associates who started working at the front desk or as a room attendant who advanced to positions of Supervisor, Manager or even Regional Director.
It’s in this spirit of possibility that Starwood is pleased to announce today its participation in UpSkill America, a public-private initiative led by the US Department of Education to identify front-line employees and give them the training needed to advance their careers...

Wyndham Worldwide Named To DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies For Diversity For Third Year »

April 24, 2015 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Global hospitality company also named as one of the top 10 companies for Supplier Diversity, Global Diversity, and Diversity Councils.
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. - Recognized for the recruitment, professional development, and inclusive environment provided to all associates, guests and customers, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was named one of the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. This marks the third consecutive year Wyndham Worldwide has been in the Top 50.
“With over 34,000 associates serving millions of customers across six continents, our commitment to maintaining strong diversity in perspective, talent, and background keeps Wyndham Worldwide an exceptional hospitality provider, a successful company, and a great place to work,” said Stephen P...

Choice Hotels Hiring Additional 80 Technology Jobs, Completes First Wave Of Phoenix IT Hiring Blitz »

April 24, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

IT operations headquarters hosting career fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
PHOENIX - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced it is hiring another 80 technology positions to continue to build on recent technological successes. Choice will be holding a career fair and open house on April 29th from 4-7 p.m. MST at the company's Phoenix, Arizona office, where its IT operations are headquartered.
Choice has recently just completed its first wave of additional IT hires in the Phoenix office, adding 110 talented IT professionals onto the team to meet the demands of Choice's recent technological accomplishments.
The company was ranked as the top hotel company on Forbes' Most Innovative Growth Companies list last year, and has experienced several technological successes including a recent partnership with Ford to enable travelers to make hotel reservations "hands-free" while driving certain Ford vehicles...

Starwood Preferred Guest® App For Apple Watch Unlocks New Level Of Access For Members »

April 24, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

With SPG’s Keyless Room Entry and Apple Watch, Opening Your Hotel Room Door is as Easy as a Flick of the Wrist
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Apple Watch lets you order an Uber, check into your flight, make a dinner reservation and now for the first time ever you can open your hotel room door all with the flick of the wrist. Starting today, members of Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), have instant access to the #spglife thanks to the SPG App for Apple Watch.
Marrying high-tech and high-touch, the SPG app for Apple Watch is designed to anticipate and respond to the in-the-moment needs of guests from mobile check in, to opening their guest room door, to providing information like the hotel address, room number, confirmation number, and directions and SPG account information with just a glance of the wrist...

First Holiday Inn Resort Set To Open In Fiji »

April 23, 2015 at 9:32AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Fiji-based property development company Avoser Ltd to open the first Holiday Inn Resort in Fiji. The 173-room resort will open its doors to guests in 2018.
Located adjacent to the entrance to Denarau Island, Holiday Resort Denarau is well positioned for access to Port Denarau marina – gateway to the renowned Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups – and Nadi Town, just five minutes away. The resort will also be a short ten-minute drive from the international Airport via a new expressway which is due to open next year. Holiday Inn Resort Denarau Island will be the company's third property in Fiji, joining Holiday Inn Suva and InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa...

DoubleTree By Hilton Brand Launches In Santiago, Chile »

April 23, 2015 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Opening Marks First Full Service Hotel in Country for Hilton Worldwide
April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANTIAGO, Chile and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today celebrated the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura, the first property in Chile for the brand and the first full-service Hilton Worldwide hotel brand in the country. Located in the heart of Santiago’s thriving Vitacura business district, the 226-room hotel offers the ideal destination for travelers seeking a central location in the city. DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura is owned by and operated by Inmobiliaria Encomenderos.
“The tremendous growth of Santiago, combined with the city’s rich culture, makes it a prime location for our brand’s entry into Chile,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

Westin Hotels Makes Debut On Jekyll Island, Georgia’s Acclaimed Barrier Reef Island »

April 22, 2015 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Jekyll Island is the Cornerstone of the Island Beach Village Project, including the 128,000 square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - April 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of The Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room, convention-class, beachfront hotel on Georgia's acclaimed barrier island. It is one of six new Westin hotels opening in North America this year and follows the brand’s 200th opening worldwide in 2014.
“The Westin Jekyll Island is a terrific new addition to the Westin brand’s growing portfolio and provides a restful retreat for travelers on one of the most beautiful barrier islands in the United States,” said Bob Jacobs, Vice President of Brand Management for Sheraton and Westin...

IHG Launches Sharable Rewards Through New "Share Forever" Promotion »

April 21, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Summer promotion with Coca-Cola offers IHG® Rewards Club Members the opportunity to earn and share special rewards with friends and family.
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage company, celebrate the summer of 2015 by introducing the “Share Forever” Promotion. From May 1 through Sept. 7, 2015, members of the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club, will have the opportunity to share their rewards with those people they care about the most. Not only will members be able to earn bonus points of their own, they’ll have the opportunity to earn additional points, and free nights they can share with others...

Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street Celebrates Opening »

April 21, 2015 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Hotel is Part of New Mixed use Depot Square Redevelopment at Boulder Junction
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Noble Investment Group ("Noble") today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street. The hotel is located in the city center of Boulder, Colorado at the Depot Square at Boulder Junction.
“We are excited to be a part of the Boulder community. It is a vibrant city, filled with restaurants, a variety of companies, shops, beautiful scenery, and countless entertainment attractions,” said Susi Keating, General Manager of Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street. “No matter the reason guests are visiting the area, we are confident Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street will exceed their expectations...

Cruise Planners Co-Owners Travel To Europe With Top Producing Agents »

April 21, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Fee and Garcia celebrate success by touring Italy with Europe Express and Oceania Cruises
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel franchise business network in the industry, invited its top-producing travel agents on a week-long Italy land tour. The group was escorted by Cruise Planners co-owners Michelle Fee and Vicky Garcia as well as representatives from Europe Express and Oceania Cruises.
The group started in Florence and visited many amazing Italian cities complete with wine tastings at local wineries, private cooking lessons in a Tuscany villa and exclusive city excursions. The group stayed at the Villa La Palagina in Tuscany, experienced a tour of Milan complete with a visit to the Duomo de Milan, and toured Lake Como with a final night’s stay at the Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa in Lake Maggiore...

Hyatt Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer »

April 21, 2015 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), today announced the selection of Atish Shah as Senior Vice President, Interim Chief Financial Officer, pending the company’s selection of a permanent Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shah currently serves as Senior Vice President – Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis and Investor Relations.
Prior to joining Hyatt in 2009, Mr. Shah served as a portfolio manager of a hospitality real estate private equity fund at Lowe Enterprises. Prior to that, he worked for Hilton Hotels Corporation in a variety of finance roles, including feasibility, planning, investment analysis, and investor relations...

Wyndham Hotel Group Boosts Global Sales Organization With New Appointments »

April 20, 2015 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

April 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - To help further its sales strategy in the Americas, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company and part of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), today announced the addition of two proven hospitality sales leaders to its global sales organization: Carol Bullock, vice president, global sales, North America and Latin America, and Dawn Parisi, vice president, field sales.
Wyndham Hotel Group Boosts Global Sales Organization with New AppointmentsBullock will lead global sales for all of the company’s brands and all major market segments throughout North and Latin America while also overseeing diverse teams covering both regions. In this role, she will focus on developing and executing global sales strategies that emphasize enhanced property performance, meaningful and long-lasting client relationships and the identification of new revenue-generating opportunities...

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Takes Home ARDA ACE Community Service Award »

April 17, 2015 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

WVO Wins 14 ARDA Awards at the Industry's Annual ARDA World Event
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), won the ACE Community Service Award, along with 13 other prestigious industry awards at the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Awards Gala at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, April 15. The ARDA Awards celebrate the best and brightest in the vacation ownership industry in more than 60 categories.
The ACE Community Service Award recognizes the company’s integral role in last year’s Give Kids the World (GKTW) “Extreme Village Makeover” where 88 villas underwent renovations at the GKTW Village, a 70-acre, non-profit "storybook" resort in Kissimmee, Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families...

Davie, FL Value Place Hotel First In Broward County »

April 16, 2015 at 11:10AM PDT | Source: Value Place

New Location is Second in Southern Florida and 21st in the State, More Planned
April 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // DAVIE, FL – Value Place, the nation’s largest and fastest growing economy extended-stay hotel brand, announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel, located at 5700 Reese Road Davie, FL 33314, on Thursday, April 16, 2015. This is the brand’s 21st hotel in Florida and the second in Southern Florida.
“We’re excited to offer business and vacation travelers a location minutes from Fort Lauderdale and the ocean while also being convenient to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami, and all the businesses, attractions, opportunities, and beauty of Southern Florida” said Kyle Rogg, President and Chief Operating Officer at Value Place, who will own and run the hotel...

Starwood Hotels Introduces Tribute Portfolio™ »

April 16, 2015 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood’s 10th Brand Sets Sights on World’s Most Distinct Independent Hotels
Launches with Five Diverse Hotels, including Famed Royal Palm South Beach Miami
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 16, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today introduced Tribute Portfolio™, the company’s 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. Promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members and guests the ability to “Stay Independent,” the Tribute Portfolio brand will be comprised of outstanding independent hotels and resorts. With a firm focus on four star, upper upscale hotels, Tribute Portfolio will complement Starwood’s The Luxury Collection brand and further solidify Starwood as the world’s most global high-end hotel company...

Choice Hotels To Report First Quarter 2015 Earnings On May 6, 2015 »

April 15, 2015 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today announced that it will report its first quarter 2015 results on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, after the market opens. The company will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2015 earnings on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 10 a.m. EDT. Mr. Stephen P. Joyce, Choice Hotels' president and chief executive officer, and Mr. David White, chief financial officer, will discuss the company's performance.
The dial-in number for the teleconference is (855) 766-6521 and the access code is 22622046. International callers should dial (920) 663-6286 and enter access code 22622046. A live webcast will be available on the company's website, www.choicehotels...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Debuts Its First Luxury Collection Hotel In Japan »

April 15, 2015 at 11:22AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto Brings Enchanting Destination to Life for Global Travelers
KYOTO, Japan - April 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto. Owned by Mori Trust Co., Ltd., Suiran marks the first Luxury Collection hotel in Japan, offering the brand’s signature Luxury Collection Concierge service and indigenous experiences in Kyoto - a cultural and spiritual nexus for countless Japanese traditions.
“We are thrilled to unveil Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto - a portal to the city’s rich cultural heritage and exquisite natural setting,” said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific...

Top Five Benefits Of Investing A Tax Refund In A Cruise Franchise »

April 15, 2015 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Low-cost, home-based cruise franchise CruiseOne® shares advice for entrepreneurs.
April 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - People with a passion for travel and an entrepreneurial spirit can experience exponential growth on their tax refunds by investing in CruiseOne, a low-cost and low-overhead home-based cruise franchise that is part of World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company.
“Many Americans will seek creative ways to reinvest their tax refunds this year; however, one of the more lucrative ways is to reinvest in a business such as a home-based CruiseOne franchise,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. “Not only is it financially beneficial in the long-run, but it also has emotional advantages that can improve a person’s way of life...

Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center Officially Opens »

April 14, 2015 at 12:19PM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Opening Marks the First Full-Service Hotel to Open in Tysons Corner in More than 20 Years
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, the first new-build, full-service hotel in Tysons Corner to open in more than 20 years. The 18-story, 300-room Hyatt Regency hotel is designed to offer business and leisure travelers an upscale hotel experience, featuring rich design, modern guestrooms and state-of-the-art meeting space – all in the heart of the trendy downtown Tysons Corner.
Situated in one of the most dynamic and visited communities is the metro area, Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center is part of Macerich’s breakthrough Tysons Corner Center mixed-use expansion, which includes the award-winning Tysons Tower trophy office building, VITA luxury apartments (expected to open later this year) and new restaurants, all built around The Plaza, an elevated, 1...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In New Mexico »

April 14, 2015 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Property is Situated in Downtown Albuquerque
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. and MCLEAN, Va. - Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, announced today the opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque/Downtown-University, located at 1660 University Blvd NE. Bringing 123 new rooms to the Albuquerque market, the hotel is the brand's first property in New Mexico and is owned by 1660 University, LLC.
"Introducing the Home2 Suites brand to a new state attests to the continued growth and recognition of the value of this brand," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites. "I believe Home2, with its fresh, new perspective on extended stay, will serve as a great addition to the Albuquerque market...



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